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Welcome to JOMA - Mission: MAA and JOMA

David A. Smith

The mission of MAA is to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level. This mission is articulated in four major program goals:

  1. Education. Stimulate effective teaching, learning, and assessment in the mathematical sciences.

  2. Professional Development. Foster scholarship, professional development, and a spirit of association among mathematical scientists.

  3. Students. Enhance the interests, talents, and achievements of all individuals in the mathematical sciences, especially of members of underrepresented groups.

  4. Public Policy. Influence institutional and public policy through effective advocacy for the importance, uses, and needs of the mathematical sciences.

JOMA addresses the first two goals directly, word for word. Through publication of active learning materials that students can use online or offline, relevant student interests will also be addressed. And, as a component of MathDL, JOMA will play a role in influencing public perceptions of mathematics, thereby having an indirect influence on policy as well.

David A. Smith, "Welcome to JOMA - Mission: MAA and JOMA," Convergence (September 2004)